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I’ve been struggling with content for Paradigmhack for a few weeks now.  Not sure if it is writer’s block or just summertime blues. I’ve gone through plenty of interesting articles about productivity, innovation, failure, collaboration and change.  All adequate fodder for a post. Unfortunately, nothing has moved from interesting to idea to entry.

So, in my Weekly Review last week, I was going through my Someday\Maybe list and came upon a fairly recent entry to start a podcast called Project FACILITATE. The concept was to provide podcasts on how to apply the broad spectrum of facilitation skills, tools and techniques to everyday project work. It was a combination of two of my work passions.  So I got to thinking…I’m not quite ready to put this idea to work as a podcast, but I think I’m ready to start blogging ideas.

The goal I’ve set is to shift my content at Paradigmhack for the foreseeable future to what I’m calling “Project FACILIATE.”  You will be reading about how to manage everyday (and maybe some not so everyday) project needs using facilitation skills. I’ll cover subjects such as stakeholder analysis, lessons learned, kickoff meetings, visioning, decision making, problem-solving, etc.

I hope you will enjoy what I have to offer.  Stay tuned.

As someone who has maintained both a personal and a work blog, I’ve faced some interesting challenges. One company flat out didn’t think it was a good idea that I had a blog outside of work. After some discussion it was agreed that I would not post during working hours. Another challenge (at another company) was creating a separate voice for an internal blog appropriate for the company culture.

Andrew McAfee has created a interesting playbook of Do’s and Don’ts for those of you currently playing the social networking circuit at work or entertaining the possibility.   Here are some highlights with commentary based on my experience:

  • Do Comment and discuss. Post comments to others’ blogs, join the conversations taking place on forums, and keep the social media discussions lively.
    • I see this as the key to success for the corporate social network to thrive. The social community must be symbiotic. Blogging for many of us is like tossing rocks into a lake – we like to see the splash!
  • Don’t Be narcissistic. Don’t talk about what you had for lunch or how you’re peeved that one more of your flights got delayed.
    • It’s why so many people say “I don’t get it” when they look at Twitter feeds and Facebook updates – this type of “news” is meaningless.
  • Gray area: Humor: We all like a good laugh, but we also all have different and deeply-held notions about the boundaries among funny, unfunny, and offensive. Sharing humor with colleagues you don’t know well is a stroll through a minefield.
    • It’s a crapshoot. Keep it to a Dilbert cartoon repost.

Just the facts, ma’am.

A recent Technorati report provides us with some interesting stats on the Blogosphere:blogging.jpg

  • 133 million blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002
  • Only 7.4 million of those blogs have posted in the last 120 days
  • 1.5 million have posted in the last 7 days

The numbers are quite interesting for a number of reasons.

  1. They show the great enthusiasm surrounding blogging, if not the ease in which one can get started (take for instance how easy it is to start a BlogCentral blog.)
  2. They indicate that the initial enthusiasm becomes subdued overtime after the ideas run out or the blog loses its place on the owner’s priority list or the owner realizes that it is a bit difficult to generate content on a consistent basis.
  3. The numbers provide a peek into why as consumers of information we can feel overwhelmed with keeping up on the continuing influx of data.

Until recently, ‘the Blogosphere’ referred to a small cluster of geeks circled around a single tool. Now it refers to hundreds of millions of people using a vast warehouse of tools that allow people to behave increasingly online like they do in real life. We have entered the Age of Normalization in the Blogosphere.

Shel Israel
Social Media writer & speaker co-author, Naked Conversations
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